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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 16, 20184min254
The Denver school board took a stand Thursday in support of young undocumented immigrants, urging Congress to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and pledging to provide opportunities for Denver educators to teach students about immigrant rights. “You have accomplices and luchadores in us,” said board member Angela Cobián. Cobián, who represents the […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 16, 20187min350
The head of Denver police union, Detective Nick Rogers, testified to Congress Thursday about law enforcement issues in a so-called sanctuary city of undocumented immigrants. He was one of a handful of Coloradans in the ring Thursday speaking about the contentious immigration issue, intensified by the Colorado’s purple, swing-state political status. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 15, 20183min5370
Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, left, and Cory Gardner channel their inner Canadian in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington. (Office of Sen. Michael Bennet via YouTube)

Judging by a video posted to YouTube this week by the press staff of Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, you’d think he and his Colorado counterpart, Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, just can’t get enough of each other. And it’s not only when they collaborate on high-profile, heavyweight issues like the immigration-reform legislation they jointly introduced on Wednesday. Sometimes, it involves lighter fare. Like curling.

Yes, the winter sport that’s beloved everywhere north of the United States. Only, this time, it was played by two pols in a hallway of the Russell Senate Office Building in the nation’s capital.

 

We’ll resist the temptation to crack wise about this centuries-old Scottish pastime (or the latter-day Canadians who embrace it with a passion). We’ll just confess some of us at Hot Sheet are mystified by its appeal — even if it is an Olympic sport — and leave it at that.

Instead, let’s note how our two U.S. senators seem to have figured out the antidote to our nation’s acrimonious political climate — and maybe the key to survival in it — is a warm and chummy display of bipartisanship. Certainly, in perennially purple Colorado, where the largest voting bloc is unaffiliated.

The video is a tribute to the ongoing Winter Olympics and the fact that, “Colorado has the most athletes of any state competing in Pyeongchang.” There are plenty of smiles and even a high five between the two officeholders. It all should play well in a swingable bellwether like Jefferson County — even if most of the voters there don’t get curling any more than we do.

 


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Associated PressAssociated PressFebruary 11, 20181min1600

A federal appeals court says immigration detainees who were held at a private prison in Colorado can move forward with a lawsuit alleging they were required to do manual labor for as little as $1 a day while awaiting possible deportation.

The GEO Group, which operates the 1,500-bed facility in Aurora, argued the case should not have been certified as a class action on behalf of 62,000 people who had been held in the center over the past decade.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday the detainees could proceed with claims the center violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

GEO has said its work program is voluntary and complies with Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines. Boulder attorney Brandt Milstein said detainees were forced to work under the threat of solitary confinement.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 18, 20185min13080

Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner said Thursday an immigration package they've crafted with four other senators — the bipartisan "Gang of Six" — meets demands set at one point by President Donald Trump and could offer a way forward as Congress scrambles to find the votes to avert a looming government shutdown, although leading Republicans and the White House have so far given the proposal a cold shoulder.